PRETTY SHADES OF BLUE. Male model superstar Lucky Blue Smith strikes a pose and opens up about his unordinary life, Iceland and family to Tim Chan
All started with the name. Then came the hair. And before you knew it, you couldn’t walk down the street or flip through Instagram without seeing a photo of Lucky Blue Smith.
At just 17 years of age, the sixfoot-two, Utah-native has already fronted more than a dozen campaigns, including memorable turns for Tom Ford, Philipp Plein and Moncler. He was voted “Model of the Year” in 2015 and finished as the runner-up in a “Most Stylish Man” poll, right behind the one and only Kanye West.
But Smith’s success has had more to do with his serious work ethic and laid-back demeanor rather than on plain luck. He’s not only setting trends with his All-American style and ever-changing hairdos, but also setting the standard for what it means to be a top male model in today’s fashion industry. In short: Work hard, own your look and be nice to your fans.
Tim Chan: For those who don’t know, what’s the story behind your name?
Lucky Blue Smith: Well, my parents said they were lucky to have a boy after having three girls before me—especially my dad! So, that’s how I got my name.
Tim Chan: What have been the highlights in your career so far?
Lucky Blue Smith: It’s been crazy, but my career highlights have to be traveling to Iceland for the Moncler campaign, being on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and being in a Tom Ford campaign.
Tim Chan: How did it feel when you learned that you were up against Kanye as a finalist in that one “Most Stylish Man” poll?
Lucky Blue Smith: It was really crazy. I mean, I was surprised to even be in the contest in the first place, let alone going up against Kanye in the final round.
Tim Chan: Speaking of notable names, Hedi Slimane photographed you when you were just 12. What do you remember about that experience?
Lucky Blue Smith: Honestly, I had no clue how rad it was at the time. I mean, I was 12; so all I cared about was running around, going to the beach and doing all the usual 12-year-old things. Back then, I didn’t realize Hedi was a big deal in the fashion world, so thinking back about that experience with him, it’s really insane.
“The most important thing I’ve learned is to be yourself and own it”